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CBS made a last-minute decision to drop Rihanna from performing during last night’s Ravens-Steelers NFL pregame show, leading fans to note the obvious irony.

Instead of a performance featuring the singer, the network instead aired commentary about Ray Rice, the disgraced former Baltimore running back.

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The video of Rice knocking out Janay Palmer which surfaced this week led to his release and indefinite suspension, while embroiling the NFL in controversy.

Rihanna, of course, can feel Palmer's pain, and like Rice's now-wife, famously took back her abuser romantically even after he pummeled her brutally.

She and Chris Brown have broken up a second time, but it's impossible not to note the parallels, and the incongruence of Rihanna getting nixed by CBS.

The league is facing major backlash for failing to take harsher action against Ray, initially suspending him for just two games before this video leaked.

Some have speculated that they saw this video prior to this week, or that the powers that be didn't try too hard to track it down. Either way, the NFL looks terrible.

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Beloved former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the team at Good Morning America as a contributor, according to a report from ABC News directly.

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The ESPN analyst and former University of Florida standout was a special guest host on the program this past January prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

ABC said that Tebow will help with the show's Motivate Me Monday series, reporting from the studio on inspirational stories from towns across the U.S.

Hard to think of a better role for Tebow, whose positive attitude, public embrace of his faith and telegenic charisma made him one of the biggest NFL draws.

That was disproportionate to his football abilities. Despite a successful 2011 season with Denver, he could not land another starting QB job in the pros.

Or even a roster spot. He has not played since 2012. But the man is going places, and it's hard to blame GMA for trying to create a TV brand of Tebowing.

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Giancarlo Stanton, the Florida Marlins outfielder who many considered the best young power hitter in baseball, was hit in the face by an 88 MPH pitch from Mike Fiers last night.

The scary incident took place in the fifth inning of Florida’s 4-2 loss to Milwaukee, with manager Mike Redmond confirming after the game that Stanton is likely out for the season.

He suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damages as a result of the beaning, which you can see here. (WARNING: It's frightening stuff.)

Stanton lay on the ground motionless for several minutes, bleeding from his face, before he was carted off on a stretcher.

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Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide in the 2013 death of Reeva Steenkamp, one day after being found not guilty of murder.

Culpable homicide, or negligent killing, is different from murder or premeditated murder, and will likely carry a lesser sentence. How much lesser?

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who previously found Pistorius not guilty of murder, will make that decision, and a wide range of options could be on the table.

Pistorius could receive anything from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing, to be announced at a later date.

The athlete was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges stemming from the shocking slaying of Reeva Steenkamp, his live-in girlfriend.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in his Pretoria home.

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Having remained silent throughout his months-long trial, the judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder case reached a verdict to decide the Olympic athlete's fate Thursday:

Pistorius cannot be found guilty of intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp, the judge ruled. As such, under South African law, Pistorius will not be found guilty of "murder."

The proceedings continue, and Pistorius faces other possible verdicts, including culpable homicide, that could still land him behind bars. But not for murder.

The verdict came from Judge Thokozile Masipa alone, as South Africa does not have jury trials. The 66-year-old said she did not come to her decision lightly.

Pistorius gunned down girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, in what defense lawyers say was a terrible mistake, believing she was an intruder.

State prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder, but a lesser murder charge or negligent killing, both of which call for years in jail, were also on the table.

Experts pointed to Masipa's record of tough action against criminals who victimized women as indicators that she would not be easily swayed by Pistorius' dubious story.

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Ray Rice's abuse of hard liquor was a big factor in him knocking out Janay Palmer, according to a new report, and he's sworn off the stuff as a result.

He still drinks, though. Just not the hard stuff.

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The NFL star told the Baltimore Ravens he and his then-fiancee were drinking A LOT before the altercation in which Ray Rice knocked out Janay Palmer.

Rice told his employer and his friends that this was a catalyst, and he becomes a different person when he hits the bottle, so he decided to "change his life."

Not that much. He still drinks wine and other alcohol ... just no spirits. Whatever his reasoning, she stood by him; Palmer married Rice after the attack.

Moreover, Ray and Janay Rice say that they've become immersed in religion since the ugly February incident; they were both baptized in March.

They decided to become Born again Christians, and have even done religious mentoring with other couples, including NFL players and their wives.

If that's true, it's as far from this as you can get:

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When video of Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee Janay Palmer leaked online on Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claimed that no league had previously seen the video.

Now it looks as though Goodell may have been lying, as the Associated Press claims the NFL received a DVD of the surveillance footage back in April.

An anonymous law enforcement official told the AP that the league received the DVD no later than April 9.

To prove it, he provided reporters with a 12-second voicemail in which a female voice can be heard acknowledging that the package had arrived and expressing thanks, before saying:

"You're right. It's terrible."

The NFL has released a statement regarding this new development which reads:

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Sean O'Haire, a former member of the WWE and WCW, was found dead in his Southern Carolina home yesterday.

He was 43 years old.

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According to the coroner in Spartanburg, the cause of death is unknown at the moment, but no foul play is suspected.

(UPDATE: According to local cops, O'Haire was found in his bedroom, with a red rope tied around his neck, connected to the bedpost. He's believed to have killed himself.)

Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports that will hopefully shed light on what happened to the former grappler, whose real name was Sean Haire.

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According to indisputable video evidence, Ray Rice knocked out his then-fiance, Janay Palmer, with a left hook to the face while the two were inside a casino elevator in February.

In response, the Baltimore Ravens cut the running back and the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.

The latter was a significantly harsher punishment than the initial two-game suspension doled out by Commissioner Roger Goodell over the summer... but did you see the aforementioned video?!?

Who could argue that Rice doesn't deserve whatever comes his way? Floyd Mayweather, that's who.

"They had said that they had suspended him for two games," Mayweather told reporters yesterday. "Whether they saw the tape or not, I truly believe a person should stick to their word.

"If you tell me you're going to do something, do what you say you're going to do. But once again, I'm not in the NFL, so I can't really speak about the situation."

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Former NFL star Ray Rice is speaking out for the first time since the release of the shocking video of Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious earlier this year.

Janay Palmer married Rice shortly after the incident, which became a hugely controversial story after Ray's arrest and modest two-game suspension.

The video of the attack did not surface until this week, however, and once it did, Rice was immediately cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

In an interview with ESPN, the disgraced 27-year-old running back said:

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"I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong … We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we'll continue to support each other."

Perhaps not the best word choice by Ray, given the nature of his attack on Janay, but the two are nothing if not a united front, for better or worse.

"I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this," he said.

The athlete then handed the phone to Janay Palmer, who explained, "I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter."

Earlier today, Janay posted a similarly defiant message on Instagram.

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